Two Ana De Armas fans have filed a federal class action lawsuit against Universal because they claimed the actress was not in the final cut of the movie Yesterday, despite the actress appearing in the trailer. The film hit theaters in June 2019 and grossed $154 million worldwide. Conor Woulfe, 38, and Peter Michael Rosza, 44, say they each paid $3.99 to rent the film on Amazon Prime, only to find that De Armas was removed from the film’s final cut.
The lawsuit accuses Universal of engaging in deceptive marketing techniques by adding De Armas in the trailer and having him in the film’s cast list. Additionally, he also accuses Universal of false advertising, unjust enrichment, and violation of competition laws, among other allegations. The lawsuit seeks to recover at least $5 million on behalf of affected consumers who viewed the film.
“Because consumers were promised a movie starring Ana De Armas by the ‘Yesterday’ trailer, but did not receive a movie starring Ana De Armas at all, these consumers have no received no value for their rental or purchase,” the lawsuit states.
Yesterday stars Himesh Patel (Don’t Look Up, Tenet) as Jack Malik, a singer who, through a supernatural event, is the only person on Earth who remembers The Beatles. Malik then claims credit for the band’s songs, essentially earning fame. De Armas was to appear as Malik’s love interest Roxane, who was introduced to him on the set of James Corden’s talk show. Malik was supposed to serenade her with a rendition of George Harrison’s song Something, but sadly the scenes with De Armas’ character were cut.
“It was a very traumatic cut because it was shiny in it. I mean really radiant,” screenwriter Richard Curtis previously said. “You know, it’s one of those things where it’s some of our favorite scenes of the movie, but we had to cut them for the good of the whole.”
Additionally, Curtis explained that viewers didn’t like the idea of Malik moving away from his primary love interest in the film, who is played by Lily James.
“Unable to rely on the fame of actors playing Jack Malik or Ellie to maximize ticket and movie sales and rentals, the defendant consequently used Ms. De Armas’ fame, brilliance and brilliance to promote the film by including his scenes in the movie trailers announcing Yesterday,” the lawsuit reads.
Universal declined to comment.